The way that our face looks can change dramatically during our lifetime. Skin that was once tight, smooth, and unlined can become loose, wrinkled and covered in folds and creases. This is a normal part of the aging process, but for many people, their skin becoming thinner, drier and much less elastic than before. This makes it much easier for lines and wrinkles to develop. When you combine the natural aging process with other damage-causing habits such as exposure to UV rays or nicotine from smoking, the effects are only further accelerated and enhanced, leaving patients self-conscious and even embarrassed about their appearance.
Fortunately, there are cosmetic solutions that are designed specifically to address the signs of aging that can cause us to feel concerned about our appearance. One of the most effective and most readily available is known as Botox. If you are looking for Botox in Manhattan, NY, our skilled and experienced cosmetic experts are on hand to help you reap the benefits of this popular procedure.
Botox, or botulinum toxin to give it its full name, is a form of neurotoxin that has shown to be safe and effective when administered in small doses as part of a cosmetic procedure. The toxin works by preventing the muscles that it is inserted into from contracting. This also prevents the skin over the top of the muscle from contracting and forming lines and wrinkles. The effects of the toxin are temporary, and usually, last for between four and six months before they wear off and further treatment would be needed to sustain your results.
Botox can be used on various different aspects of your face. It is most notably used to stop the formation of lines and wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. However, like us, many dentists also use Botox around the mouth to reduce the development of lines that can make us look older than we really are. If you have undergone cosmetic dentistry treatment, you may feel that the appearance of your mouth and the lower part of your face no longer complements your new and improved teeth. For this reason, many people choose to combine Botox with their ideal cosmetic dentistry treatment to obtain a true and complete smile transformation.
Botox is a minimally-invasive procedure that can usually be comfortably performed within a lunch break. The process itself involves the injection of the Botox serum into the target areas. Although many patients have reservations about having injections placed into the skin on their face, the needle that is used is very fine and you will hardly feel a thing. Most patients don’t require any anesthetic, but it may be possible for you to have some topical anesthetic if you would like to.
One the Botox procedure is complete, you will be able to go back to your usual activities straight away. There may be a few small red marks at the site of each injection that are visible, but this usually goes away itself within a few hours. You will start to notice an improvement in the appearance of your face within 3 to 5 days, with full results becoming visible after just two weeks.